Cubs: History & Background

Cub Scouts were introduced by Lord Baden-Powell in 1916. They were an addition to Scouts, which started nearly 10 years earlier. Lord Baden-Powell created Cubs because the younger brothers of the Scouts kept pestering their siblings, by saying that they wanted to join in the fun and excitement too.

Cub Scouts was originally trialled as junior scouts with a programme rather like that of a watered-down Scout programme but then became Wolf Cubs giving Cubs their own identity and programme.

Cub Scouts is for boys and girls aged between 8 and 10½ years and is based on a book called “The Jungle Book” by Rudyard Kipling. You have probably seen the video by Walt Disney; if not try watching it as it is great or if you are really feeling brave then read the book, but be warned, as it is a lot darker than the film.

The idea of becoming a Cub, apart from to have fun and make friends, is to encourage the physical, mental and spiritual development of young boys and girls so that they may make a positive contribution to society.

Cub Scouts enjoy all sorts of fun and adventure; all under the careful supervision of police checked, trained and warranted leaders.